Ex-U.N. commander: Darfur mission dicey
The Nigerian general heading the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region has been warned by a former colleague to expect betrayal.
The letter of caution was sent Sunday, the Global Day for Darfur in 30 countries, to Gen. Martin Agwai by former Canadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire, who led the failed peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in 1994.
Now a Canadian senator, Dallaire warned Agwai of the perils of leading such a mission, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Monday.
"You can anticipate being let down by everyone on whom you depend for support, be that troops, funding, logistics or political engagement," Dallaire wrote. "Bear in mind that whoever fails you will, in the end, be the most active in blaming you for whatever goes wrong."
Dallaire's experience in Rwanda resulted in his discharge from the Canadian military in 2000 because of post traumatic stress disorder. He attempted suicide several times and has since become an advocate for human rights, the report said.
Agwai leads the 26,000-person joint U.N.-African Union force in Darfur, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million have been forced from their homes. // Copyright 2007 by United Press International